John Paul II is seriously wounded. He was in an open car on his way to his weekly
general audience in Rome's St Peter's Square.
was shot by 23 year old Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk.
shots were fired, the Pope was hit in the abdomen and his left hand. Two others
were injured: American Ann Odre, 60, was hit in the chest, and Jamaican Rose Hill,
21, was hit in the arm.
knocked the gun out of Agca's hand and held him until police arrived.
Pope was rushed to Rome's Gemelli Hospital. After 5 hours of surgery he was listed
as critical but stable.
Pope would be released from hospital 3 weeks later, fully recovered from his ordeal.
had escaped jail in Turkey apparently intending to shoot the Pope.
his pocket a note was found, it read:
am killing the pope as a protest against the imperialism of the Soviet Union and
the United States and against the genocide that is being carried out in Salvador
was sentenced to life in prison.